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More Moving Testimony At Sandusky Trial

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An eighteen year-old, known as “Victim #1″, gave emotional testimony today. Sandusky120612_vic
Hearing him describe the abuse and the shame he suffered was not easy… Sandusky120612_weep
……and under cross-examination he lost it momentarily. Sandusky120612_Dersham
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Then came Mike McQueary………. Sandusky120612wide_McQueary
……..who told about seeing Sandusky with a young boy in the shower at Penn State. Sandusky120612_McQueary2

WaPo story here.

 

 

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Intense First Day at the Sandusky Trial

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Opening statements followed by disturbing testimony from “Victim #4″, and and agressive an agressive cross-examintation that probably helped the prosecution.

Here are the day’s sketches from Bellefonte, Penn. Sandusky120611_McGettigan

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NYT story here.

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We Have A Jury

Jury selection completed in record time. Opening statements and testimony to begin on Monday. Sandusky120606wideIn the sketch above Jerry Sandusky rises slighly from his chair as he is identified for a group of prospective jurors. Below are the rest of today’s sketches. Sandusky120606_Jerry_1

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Sara Ganim’s closer look here.

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Swift Pace at Sandusky Jury Selection

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This morning there was speculation about the need to bring in jurors from neighboring counties if enough qualified jurors could not be found in the present pool, but by the end of the day nine jurors had already been picked and and each side had only two or three strikes left. That means it’s likely we will have our twelve jurors and four alternates sometime tomorrow, or Thursday at the latest. Sandusky120605_judge

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McNamee Starting To Sweat

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After five days on the witness stand Brian McNamee was looking pretty bad, at one point loosening his tie and pulling his collar away from his neck. The picture of defeat.

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McNamee will return to face more questioning on Monday, but now the judge has imposed a time limit on witnesses so it should be his last day on the stand.

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AP story here.

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Cross-Examination Of McNamee Continues

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Roger Clemens lawyer, Rusty Hardin, hammered and chipped away at Brian McNamee on the fourth day of his testimony, nineteen hours so far. His exhaustive scattershot examination does seem to be working. McNamee has admitted to minimizing the truth and outright lying to investigators.

Below are a couple more sketches from today’s testimony.

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Hardin put up a photo of Roger and Debbie Clemens that appeared in the 2003 Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

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On the screen is the cover of McNamee’s unpublished book, “Death, Taxes and Mac”

AP story here.

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Second Day of McNamee Testimony

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Yesterday I was at the ready, pencil in hand, to catch that dramatic moment when Brian McNamee would point out the defendant, Roger Clemens, to the jury, but it never happened. Today, though, just as I was telling my colleague, fellow sketch artist Bill Hennessy, that we weren’t going to get the money shot…it happened.

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We also got to see a photo of the Yankee Stadium jacuzzi. One of many locations were McNamee said he injected Clemens with HGH.

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Finally, with only a half hour left in the day, the defense began its cross-examination. Rusty Hardin questioned McNamee about a tie he wore when he testified before the grand jury. The tie had an advertisement on it promoting a friend’s business.

Not sure what the point was except McNamee had the bad taste to take advantage of a media event.

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McNamee of course said he chose that particular tie because his other tie was wrinkled.

AP story here.

 

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The “Booty Shot”

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Roger Clemens’ chief accuser, trainer Brian McNamee, took the stand today and described the time he began injecting Clemens with anabolic steroids in 1998. Clemens120514_McNamee_1

He said Clemens first approached him with a bottle of pills and some glass ampoules. “I told him they were no good, that they were toxic. I said get rid of them”. Clemens120514_McNamee_2

A few days later, according to McNamee, Clemens had him come to his hotel suite. “When I got there Roger had the needle, gauze, and alcohol all set up in his bathroom on a towel”.

“He asked me if I could help him with a booty shot”, said McNamee.

AP story here.

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Not A Good Week For Clemens Prosecutors

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Roger Clemens’ friend and former teammate, Andy Pettitte took the stand Tuesday and as expected told the jury about a conversation during which Clemens admitted to using Human Growth Hormone.

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During cross-examination defense attorney Michael Attanasio got Pettitte to agree that the discussion about HGH was “passing” and “casual”, and that it was possible that he may have – as Clemens once put it – “misremembered.”

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On Wednesday it got worse. Attanasio asked Pettitte if it would be fair to say there was a 50-50 chance he had misunderstood Clemens. Pettitte replied, “I’d say that’s fair.”

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When the defense asked Judge Walton to strike Andy Pettitte’s testimony about the HGH conversation because it is “insufficiently definitive” the judge took the opportunity to chide prosecutor Steven Durham.

“His testimony now before the jury is, ‘I don’t know,’ ” Walton told Durham. “I thought that what we would hear is, ‘Mr. Pettitte, currently, what is your memory of what Mr. Clemens told you back in 1999?’ ”

“I was waiting for you to ask, and you didn’t ask that.”

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The week ended with testimony by FDA agent Jeff Novitsky who established where trainer Brian McNamee got the HGH that he claims he injected Clemens with, and identified syringes, needles and cotton balls bearing Roger Clemens’ DNA given to him by McNamee. Novitsky was a very credible witness, and seemed to connect with jurors looking straight at them as he spoke.

Next week McNamee testifies.

NY Post’s Ken Davidoff’s story here.

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“I’m not acting like Columbo, I am Columbo….

….You see my stumbling around…..that’s not an act.” Rusty Hardin told jurors as he wrapped up an opening statement. The folksy Texan appealled to the jurors sense of outrage that the government would prosecute Roger Clemens simply because he insisted on his innocence. Clemens120424wide
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Read about it here.

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